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Cholera Epidemics in the 19th Century

The Great Plague of London, 1665

The Boston Smallpox Epidemic, 1721

“Pestilence” and the Printed Books of the Late 15th Century

Spanish Influenza in North America, 1918–1919

Syphilis, 1494–1923

Tropical Diseases and the Construction of the Panama Canal, 1904–1914

Tuberculosis in Europe and North America, 1800–1922

The Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia, 1793

General Materials

Notable People

Related Links

 

Related Links

The selection of web sites listed on this page is intended for use by researchers, teachers, students, or anyone interested in learning more about issues related to contagion. Some are historical web sites similar to Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics that provide access to research guides and online documents and records.

The links on this page are selected for their unique or thorough contributions to the topic, and sites produced by governmental, cultural, or academic institutions have been favored.


Other Harvard Sites

Center for the History of Medicine/Countway Library of Medicine—Harvard Medical School
https://www.countway.harvard.edu/lenya/countway/live/menuNavigation/historicalResources.html

The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments at Harvard University
Department of the History of Science/Faculty of Arts and Sciences—Harvard University
http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~hsdept/chsi.html

Department of the History of Science/Faculty of Arts and Sciences—Harvard University
http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~hsdept

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General Information—National and International Organizations and Agencies

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
http://www.astmh.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov

International Leprosy Association—Global Project on the History of Leprosy
http://www.leprosyhistory.org/english/englishhome.htm

National Science and Technology Council—Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases
http://www.state.gov/www/global/oes/health/task_force/index.html

Nobelprize.org—Articles—Medicine
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/articles

Pan American Health Organization
http://www.paho.org

United States Department of Health and Human Services—National Institutes of Health
http://www.nih.gov

World Health Organization
http://www.who.int

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General Information—Libraries, Archives, and Museums

American Museum of Natural History—Epidemic! The World of Infectious Diseases
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/epidemic

Bibliotheque Interuniversitaire de Medecine et D’odontologie—Histoire de la Medicine et de l’art dentaire
http://194.254.96.19/histmed/debut.htm

Cimento Academy/Institute and Museum of the History of Science—Digital Library
http://fermi.imss.fi.it/rd/bd?progetto=583

Dittrick Medical History Center/Case Western Reserve University—College of Arts and Sciences
“Medical museums, archives, and libraries in the United States”
http://www.case.edu/artsci/dittrick/site2/links

Karolinska Institutet—History of Diseases
http://www.mic.stacken.kth.se//HistDis.html

Les Bibliotheques Virtuelle Humanistes
http://www.bvh.univ-tours.fr/index.htm

The Library of Congress—American Memory
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpcoop/moahtml/snchome.html

Medical History of British India Collection—National Library of Scotland
http://www.nls.uk/indiapapers/about.html

New York University—Literature, Arts and Medicine Database—What’s New
http://litmed.med.nyu.edu/Main?action=new

United States National Library of Medicine
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd

Wellcome Library
http://library.wellcome.ac.uk

World Health Organization Historical Collection
http://www.who.int/library/collections/historical/en

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Historical Perspectives on Selected Diseases and Epidemics

Cholera

The Buffalonian—The Cholera Epidemic of 1832 in Buffalo
http://www.buffalonian.com/history/articles/1801-50/cholera32.html

Cholera Online: A Modern Pandemic in Texts and Images
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/cholera/index.html

German History in Documents and Images—Cholera Epidemic in Hamburg (1892)
http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/sub_image.cfm?image_id=1608

University of Alabama at Birmingham—Reynolds Historical Library—Cholera in Bham
http://www.uab.edu/reynolds/cholera.html

University of California, Los Angeles—Department of Epidemiology School of Public Health—John Snow
http://www.ph.ucla.edu/epi/snow.html

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Influenza

The Center for the History of Medicine (CHM)—University of Michigan Medical School—Influenza Digital Archive
http://www.med.umich.edu/medschool/chm/influenza

HistoryNet.com
“1918 Spanish Influenza Outbreak: The Enemy Within”
http://www.historynet.com/1918-spanish-influenza-outbreak-the-enemy-within.htm

National Archives and Records Administration—The Deadly Virus—The Influenza Epidemic of 1918
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/influenza-epidemic

PBS/The American Experience
“Influenza 1918”
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/influenza

Stanford University
“The Influenza Pandemic of 1918”
http://virus.stanford.edu/uda

United States Department of Health and Human Services—The Great Pandemic, The United States 1918–1919
http://1918.pandemicflu.gov

[US] Navy Department Library
“Influenza of 1918 (Spanish Flu) and the US Navy”
http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/influenza_main.htm

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Malaria

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—History of Malaria
http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/history

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—Panama Canal
http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/history/panama_canal.htm

Malaria Site—Sir Ronald Ross (1857–1932)
http://www.malariasite.com/malaria/ross.htm

World Health Organization—Historical Collection, Malaria
http://www.searo.who.int/en/Section10/Section21/Section334_4008.htm

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Plague

Brown University—Department of Italian Studies—Decameron Web
“The Plague”
http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Italian_Studies/dweb/plague

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Smallpox

British Broadcasting Corporation—British History, Empire and Sea Power—Smallpox: Eradicating the Scourge
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/empire_seapower/smallpox_01.shtml

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—Smallpox
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox

The Wellcome Trust Centre for History of Medicine at University College London—The Control and Eradication of Smallpox in South Asia
http://www.smallpoxhistory.ucl.ac.uk

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Tuberculosis

Adirondack Museum—“The Wilderness Cure”
http://www.adirondackhistory.org/newtb/four.html

Adirondack Museum—“Tuberculosis: Curing in the Adirondacks”
http://www.adirondackhistory.org/newtb

Nature Medicine—Special Focus on Tuberculosis
http://www.nature.com/nm/focus/tb/historical_perspective.html


Yellow Fever

Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia—City History Lesson—Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
http://www.philadelphiahistory.org/akm/lessons/yellowFever

Carpenters’ Hall Historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—The Yellow Fever Connection
http://www.ushistory.org/carpentershall/history/fever.htm

PBS/Africans in America/Resource Bank
“The Yellow Fever Epidemic, 1793”
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part3/3p1590.html

PBS/The American Experience
“The Great Fever”
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/fever/filmmore/fd.html

Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/healthsci/reed/

University of Virginia Health System
“Yellow Fever and the Reed Commission, 1898–1901”
http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/library/historical/medical_history/yellow_fever

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Journals

The Journal of the American Medical Association
http://pubs.ama-assn.org

The New England Journal of Medicine
http://content.nejm.org

Priory.com—History of Medicine
http://www.priory.com/homol.htm

Scientific American
http://www.sciam.com

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